These classic writers are known for their words, but not necessarily for speaking them. When you read so much of a single writer, his or her identity becomes the words on the page. In some sense, who they are as a person is indistinguishable from the stories they write. Sylvia Plath, for example, sounds a little more wry and upbeat than you might have imagined. Give these recordings a listen because you’ll never read these authors’ books the same way again.
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. Flannery O’Connor
3. Walt Whitman
4. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5. Ernest Hemingway
6. Sylvia Plath
7. Zora Neale Hurston
8. John Steinbeck
9. J. R. R. Tolkien
10. J. M. Barrie
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David Lowry, writer and director of ‘Aint Them Bodies Saints’ which starred Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, and children’s musical ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ has revealed that he will be putting his own spin on the tale of the boy who never grew up in 2018!
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According to Deadline, the script is being written by Toby Halbrooks, who had previously teamed up with Lowry to create ‘Pete’s Dragon’.
Though J.M Barrie’s beloved book has been adapted for stage and screen countless times, Lowry informed Variety that he hopes to transform this childhood classic into a new experience for viewers.
“I’ve got those ideas,” he says. “I don’t want to reveal them here, but I do acknowledge that there are a lot of versions of this material. That is a big question, like, why do we need another Peter Pan movie? At the same time it is an evergreen property and I do believe if you can do it right, it makes that question irrelevant. You can make people feel like they’re watching it for the first time. That would be the challenge I set for myself.”
Little else is known about Lowry’s plans for Neverland and the Lost Boys, but we are excited to see the outcome!
Science fiction is full of awesome desert planets (even Star Wars has one) but Arrakis is the most iconic of them all. Dune is considered by many to be the greatest science fiction novel of all time, and it’s centered entirely around Arrakis. Arrakis’ deserts are fascinating because they are utterly endless – and hold the spice mines that make the planet so valuable.
Science fiction tries pretty hard to be realistic these days, and it doesn’t thrill George R.R. Martin. Martin, like a lot of us, longs for the days of crazy science fiction landscapes. Landscapes like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ version of the Red Planet, which is full of canals, alien civilizations, and other other cool stuff.
Fantasy world-builders like George R.R. Martin owe a huge debt to the original master, J.R.R. Tolkien. Just about any spot in Middle Earth would qualify as a great literary landscape. We chose the dark, stormy, and stunning landscape of Mordor, which is bordered on three sides by enormous mountain ranges. Very cool.
Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series include mentions of neighboring lands, but it’s Narnia itself that seems the most beautiful. While its neighbors sometimes feature more extreme landscapes (one bordering land is very arid, while another is very mountainous), Narnia is described as having gorgeous scenery of its own. Lewis’ vision of was inspired by the scenery of his own home country, Ireland.
Neverland is Peter Pan’s magical world, and it’s got it all: pirates, mermaids, you name it. It’s a fantastic island with, of course, fantastic scenery. Grottoes, forests, lagoons: Neverland has it all!
In Hilton’s book Lost Horizon, Shangri-La is located in a breathtaking valley in the middle of Asia’s Kunlun Mountains. It’s a mystical place where people live peaceful and very long lives. No wonder “Shangri-La” has become a term for an earthly paradise! The image above is from the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which made use of Hilton’s Shangri-La myth.
There’s some man-made wonder here, too: the super-cool castle with carved dragons on it. But you can’t ignore the awesome spectacle of the mountainous island. A Song of Ice and Fire has a ton of cool landscapes (and even more cool man-made structures), but this is probably our favorite.
The name says it all! Wonderland is one of fiction’s classic fantasy worlds. We’re particularly excited about the interpretation you see in the image above, because Tim Burton is bringing that world back to the silver screen with a sequel to his 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. Alice Through the Looking Glass will hit theaters in 2016.